Our Mission

To provide effective, science-based intervention for children and adults with autism and, through research and dissemination, to extend treatment resources to people with autism, both nationally and internationally.

PCDI: Pioneering Autism Intervention and Research for over 45 years

PCDI, founded in 1970, is a private, non-profit program offering a broad spectrum of science-based services to children, youths, and adults with autism. The Institute not only provides quality treatment, education, and professional training and mentoring in New Jersey, but through its research, has pioneered comprehensive intervention models that are used nationally and internationally for the benefit of persons with autism. These programs teach young children to talk, play with siblings and friends, and read and write. Adolescents continue academic and work-study programs while learning to participate in their homes and communities. Adults perfect skills that allow them to maintain jobs and achieve greater levels of independence. 


PCDI is recognized worldwide as a leader in autism research and treatment. The Institute offers a broad spectrum of services that support people with autism from infancy through adulthood. PCDI provides an Early Intervention Program for children age 28 months and younger and an educational program for students age 3 to 21. Adults with autism receive support and training for competitive employment in PCDI’s Adult Life-Skills Program. The Institute also operates two family-style group homes and a supervised apartment program. All its programs include home programming and family support.


“Were it not for PCDI providing the necessary support and foundation these past thirteen years for our son Jack, it would be impossible to imagine how his life would have turned out. Recently, through the exhaustive collaboration of the PCDI staff, my son was able to overcome a very difficult period and for that, I will be forever grateful. PCDI's individualized program not only reinforces and encourages classroom and home programming capabilities, it also includes developing community skills for Jack and our family."

Laura Morgan, parent

"PCDI has been changing the lives of children, adolescents, and adults with autism and their families for more than 40 years. Their commitment to excellence is astounding! PCDI is the gold standard of delivering effective intervention based upon the science of Applied Behavior Analysis. The outcomes that PCDI continues to produce year after year is proof that those who are affected by autism could still learn to lead happy, independent, and productive lives. PCDI is a model program for autism intervention."

Eric Rozenblat, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Director, Institute for Educational Achievement

"After 22 years of hard work, we are thankful to the teachers and directors at PCDI for helping Philip get a job!"

Susan & Phil Edwards, parents

"PCDI is a unique model of scientific and professional excellence. Through their dissemination efforts, other programs such as the Institute for Educational Achievement, have been more than adequately prepared to provide effective educational services to many more individuals and families challenged by autism. In addition, PCDI’s mentorship and well-constructed behavior analytic systems ensure optimal advancement for students and professionals so that they may all achieve their fullest potential."

Dawn B. Townsend, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Executive Director Emeritus, Institute for Educational Achievement

"Our family feels beyond fortunate to see Fabricio going to PCDI every morning. We know he is in the hands of the most caring and knowledgable professionals in autism. Fabricio is a happy boy now and has matured in so many aspects. We look forward to seeing Fabricio develop his full potential at PCDI in the years to come."

Fabio & Cristine Sampaio, parents

"PCDI has provided world-class treatment utilizing the principles and practices of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for decades. PCDI's clinical intervention, research, and dissemination initiatives have been instrumental in helping thousands of individuals with autism lead more independent and richer lives here in New Jersey and across the globe."

Suzanne Buchanan, Psy.D., BCBA-D, Executive Director, Autism New Jersey

"When our son was diagnosed with autism at two years old, we knew the importance of providing him with top-quality ABA intervention. The intensive evidence-based instruction that has been provided by PCDI has been superb. All of the interlocking components of PCDI's program make it outstanding, especially the on-site parent training and home program components. As a result, we can provide additional quality instruction to our son at home under the supervision of the PCDI staff. The levels of expertise, professionalism, and dedication displayed by the administrators, supervisors, and teachers are exceptional. Since starting at PCDI, the fast progress that our son has made is impressive. We are so thankful and grateful for all that PCDI has brought to our family."

PCDI parents

"When he was seven-years old, our son Will frequently ran away, started fires, hurt himself at times, and jumped out of moving cars. Today, 31 years later, Will lives in his own apartment, has a good job, earns a paycheck, and pays his bills and taxes. Will is an asset to his community. The scientific, data-based methods of PCDI, with the excellence of the staff, make all the difference."

Bill & Martha Johnson, parents

"'People come into your life for a reason, season, or lifetime.' For our family, PCDI has represented all three. PCDI has helped develop our son Bahad into a capable young man equipped to be a positive member of society by teaching educational and basic personal hygiene as well as more intricate programs such as crossing the street, money management, and home entry. PCDI's evidence-based instructional practices and consistency over the years has afforded Bahad an opportunity to live a fulfilled life of endless possibilities. His tenacious spirit to work hard has been a positive example for his parents and sisters. We are grateful for PCDI's lifetime commitment to Bahad living as abundantly as he can. Bahad's acquired commitment to excellence and continuous growth is a testament to the relentless dedication of the PCDI staff. We are convinced that PCDI will continue to prosper as a leading institution that serves people living with autism."

Atonia & Will Worley, parents

"Before Griffin attended PCDI, he could not communicate with us or play appropriately with his toys. Because of Griffin’s behavior, we dreaded social events, haircuts, dentist appointments, and even grocery shopping. Once he began at PCDI, we immediately noticed a difference in his attentiveness, behavior, and curiosity. Griffin is now able to communicate effectively and engages in a variety of leisure activities. He participates in five sports, takes piano lessons, can read, tie his shoes, tells time, and even does household chores. Haircuts and dentist appointments are a breeze. We owe all of this to the staff at PCDI. Without them none of these things would have been possible."

Jeff & Melissa Mohr, parents